Expunging the Criminal Records of Victorian Children
Up until the early 1990s, children in dangerous homes in Victoria were not treated as victims of abuse. Rather, the children’s court ‘charged’ these children – as young as 2 years old – with the offence of being exposed to a moral danger and placed them in state care.
Now, the Victorian Government is introducing legislation to expunge the criminal records of these former wards of the state. But there is still the question of how it ever came to this, and whether the government needs to go further to right these historical wrongs.
To discuss the Victorian Government’s treatment of children in dangerous homes, The Daily‘s Sam Baran was joined by by Dr Katherine McFarlane, Senior Lecturer at Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University
You can read Dr McFarlane’s article on the subject here at The Conversation.